Attendance Is Important Too
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Showing up for class is just as important as showing up for a job. Young adults must practice now for their future. My website if focused on motivating and encouraging young adults in every way possible. Attendance will be an important factor in one’s career.
Mary Adger, a former substitute teacher for Clarendon County who served for years, agreed to discuss the importance of attendance in schools. She was first asked to explain why attendance in grade school students important is important. She stated that attendance is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school on a regular basis. She said students who are consistently absent make it very hard for teachers to teach their students skills so that they can progress and continue to learn new material.
Below is the S.C. Code of Laws: Section 59-65-90 Rules & Regulation
The State Board of Education shall establish regulations defining lawful and unlawful absences beyond those specifically named in this article and additional regulations as are necessary for the orderly enrollment of pupils so as to provide for uniform dates of entrance. These regulations shall require: (1) that school officials shall immediately intervene to encourage the student’s future attendance when the student has three consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five unlawful absences and (2) that the district board of trustees or its designee shall promptly approve or disapprove any student absence in excess of ten days. As used in this section, “intervene” means to identify the reasons for the child’s continued absence and to develop a plan in conjunction with the student and his parent or guardian to improve his future attendance.
Provided, However, That nothing within this section shall interfere with the Board’s authority to at any time refer a child to a truancy prevention program or to the court pursuant to Section 59-65-50.
Mrs. Adger was asked if she agreed with section 59-65-90 of the S.C. Code of Laws. She said, “Absolutely, action must be taken for those students who have too many unlawful absences”. She agreed that those students need encouragement and an action plan to help improve their attendance. Mary explained that learning is a progressive activity and that each day an assignment builds upon those of the previous day. “As a former substitute teacher, I can assure you that regular student participation in daily activities can play an important role in a student’s success.”
After discussing why she agreed with the law on attendance in school, Mrs. Adger was asked to provide information on how students can benefit from attending school versus those who have frequent absences. She replied, “Working in a public school allowed me to see students benefit from great attendance all the time.” She said students with good attendance usually achieve higher grades and love school. She added that students with a regular attendance routine seemed to develop other responsible behaviors. Mary went on to explain that those with poor attendance usually are not able to keep up with school work and that these students usually have lower grades.
Section 59-65-260 of the S.C Code of Laws talks about the duties of attendance supervisors relating to non-attending children. This section also discusses how the attendance supervisor works to get parents involved in motivating and persuading young adults to attend school. Mrs. Adger was asked to explain from her experience what parents could do to help. She said that parents must make sure their children go to school regularly, is on time and understand that their parents don’t approve frequent absences. Lastly, she mentioned that if days are missed, the parent is responsible for making sure the work is picked up from the teacher and is completed.
Theresa Gibson, is a local citizen of Clarendon County. She has a daughter that is currently attending public schools in this county. She was asked to give advice on the importance of school attendance. “It’s important for students to know that having a good education will help them get the best possible start in life.” She mentioned that when she was a student she learned things that she now uses as an adult. She said that potential job employers want employees who are going to attend work regularly.
For more information Mary Adger can be contacted @ (803)-473-7399. Theresa Gibson @ (803) 485-5500
The infographic below is a visual of how schools can improve attendance
The infographic below shows the impact attendance has on students